By Meagan Raker
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November is Indigenous Heritage Month! To celebrate, we are reading Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Follow along below to make your own Fry Bread puzzle!
In this story, a modern Indigenous family works together to make their favorite dish. Throughout the book we learn that Fry Bread is not only food, but also time, art, history, and so much more. Today we are going to use all of those special ingredients to make our own Fry Bread puzzle! Don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person at the Museum for our Little New-Yorkers Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!
- Print the templates. The one with the puzzle pieces and words will become your puzzle, while the blank template is a base upon which to solve your puzzle!
- Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color and Decorate Your Puzzle
The template with the puzzle pieces is the one to color! What color or design would be best on the “Flavor” puzzle piece? How will you decorate the “Shape” piece? Will you draw a picture of yourself on the “You” puzzle piece in the center? Get creative!
STEP 2: Cut Out Your Puzzle
Use your scissors to carefully cut along all the black lines. Start by cutting out the big fry bread shape, and then move on to all the puzzle pieces. When you are done, you should have thirteen pieces!
STEP 3: Solve Your Puzzle
Now that you have all the pieces, see if you can put your puzzle back together again by using the blank template as a base! Can you do it? Challenge a friend or family member, too.
Thanks for following along, Little New-Yorkers! What foods does your family like to make together? What are the special ingredients? We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon!